west·​bound | \ ˈwes(t)-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce westbound (audio) \

Definition of westbound

: traveling or heading west

Examples of westbound in a Sentence

Traffic in the westbound lane is backing up.
Recent Examples on the Web Officers shut down the westbound and eastbound lanes of I-94 and asked motorists to avoid the area. David Chanen, Star Tribune, "Hundreds arrested as protesters march onto I-94," 4 Nov. 2020 The westbound and eastbound routes in this concept would run from Towson Place on Goucher Boulevard past Towson Town Center, along Fairmount Avenue to Kenilworth Drive past the Trader Joe’s shopping center to the Kenilworth Apartments at Charles. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County orders bus fleet, releases proposed routes for Towson Circulator expected fall 2021," 28 Oct. 2020 The freeway was closed for a half-mile in the eastbound and westbound lanes, and cars were being directed to exit the freeway at Hilltop Drive. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Fiery tanker truck accident in Richmond shuts down I-80 at Hilltop Drive," 24 Oct. 2020 The vehicle then hit a curb that divided the eastbound and westbound lanes. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Drunken driving suspect blames GPS: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 19 Sep. 2020 According to Maryland State Police, the crash happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday on the westbound side of Route 50 near Columbia Park Road in Cheverly. Washington Post, "Local digest: Derwood woman charged with murder," 14 Aug. 2020 Both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Griffin Road from the 7000 block to the 7700 block were shut down. Brett Clarkson, sun-sentinel.com, "Two killed in crash in Davie," 11 Aug. 2020 One eastbound and one westbound lane will be closed throughout construction. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Sherman Minton Bridge renovation plan: Limited shutdowns, lane closures during construction," 2 July 2020 In that overnight incident in the westbound lanes of the highway near Quincy Street, the driver and two passengers also fled on foot but were quickly caught. Washington Post, "Authorities looking for woman who fled scene after her car hit a Virginia State Police vehicle on I-66," 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of westbound

1847, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2020

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“Westbound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westbound. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of westbound

: going toward the west


west·​bound | \ ˈwest-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce westbound (audio) \

Kids Definition of westbound

: going west a westbound train

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